“We are in unchartered [sic] territory,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva. “We have never before seen a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission but which can also be contained with the right measures.”

Contrasting COVID-19 with the flu, Tedros said, “If this was an influenza epidemic, we would have expected to see widespread community transmission across the globe by now, and efforts to slow it down or contain it would not be feasible.

“But containment of COVID-19 is feasible and must remain the top priority for all countries,” he added, crediting quick and aggressive responses from some countries in limiting transmission of the deadly virus.

Here’s a link to the full Bill Chappell-penned NPR.org article, which is posted in their “Goats and Soda: Stories of Life in an Changing World” segment: Coronavirus: Containment is Possible”